Robin Hood Calls Out Congressman Danny Davis for Abandoning His Pledge to Support a Robin Hood Tax

Robin Hood’s hearty supporters stood in below-freezing weather outside of Rep. Danny Davis’ office in Chicago, Ill. today to remind him of the pledge he made and later abandoned.

In 2012, Rep. Davis signed the Robin Hood Tax campaign’s “What Side Are You On?” pledge and cosponsored the Robin Hood Tax bill, H.R. 1579. In 2013, he withdrew that support, citing pressure from the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and Board of Trade.
 

RHT supporters outside of Rep. Danny Davis' office in Chicago, Ill.
Nurses and community suppoters of a Robin Hood Tax call on Rep. Davis to reaffirm his support for the Robin Hood Tax

In honor of Martin Luther King’s birthday, the Robin Hood Tax supporters exposed some facts about Davis’ Congressional district: the highest poverty rate in Illinois at 27.4 percent; a whopping 29 school closures; a jobless rate of 16.2 percent; and extreme hunger rates – more than 53 percent of residents in each of seven neighborhoods experience food insecurity. “We called upon Davis to continue Dr. King’s legacy of fighting for economic justice and take immediate action to relieve the suffering by supporting the Inclusive Prosperity Act, otherwise known as the Robin Hood Tax,” said Jan Rodolfo, a Chicago RN and Midwest director of National Nurses United.

RHT supporters rally at Danny Davis' office in Chicago
Nurses and community suppoters of a Robin Hood Tax call on Rep. Davis to reaffirm his support for the Robin Hood Tax

Though it was 14 degrees outside with a minus 5 degree wind chill, nurses and other Robin Hood Tax activists held a very spirited rally.

The people Davis represents greatly need and deserve his support, not special interests like the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. His constituents expect him to make good on his promise to advocate for their well-being. Strong calls for economic justice in his district like the one heard today will continue until he reaffirms his support for the Robin Hood Tax bill.

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